REMINDER! A meeting of the Choir Student Executive Board will take place this today (Thursday) right after school. Approximate time of the meeting is 45 minutes. Contact Katie if you have a conflict.
REMINDER! By accident, I blacked out the information regarding our Winter/Festival Concert in the Choir Handbook. Please add to the calendar the date: Tuesday, March 31st, at 7:30pm in the MSHS Performing Arts Center.
REMINDER!! The once annual Choir Parent Meeting (MSCA-Mona Shores Choir Association) will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd at 7 pm in the MSHS Performing Arts Center (auditorium).
OPENS THIS FRIDAY! The musical “Working” is at the Beardsley Theater in downtown Muskegon soon! SHOW RUN: September 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, and October 2, 3, 4, 2014. CURTAIN TIMES: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 PM; Sundays at 3:00 PM. Kendyl White and Kim Sorenson are two Shores Choir Alumni in the cast.
REMINDER!! A very special thank you to Bria Whiteman for taking the time to type up the lyrics to every single song in the Singing Christmas Tree show! Now you can not only listen to the music, but you can also follow the lyrics as well! Here is a link to all of the lyric sheets:
These are also located under Pages on the right hand side of the blog…
Fees/Forms (WAY) past due! Forms and fees are now past due. Keep in mind that the consequence for late forms/fee (without an email from you or your parent to me) result in -1 point, per missing item, per day…
COUPON BOOK ORDERS DUE WEDNESDAY (next week): Our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale is underway, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book on Wednesday, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($20 per book).
All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due back on Wednesday, September 24th. Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir
There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $20 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.
**ADDITIONALLY – you can promote the sale of books all over the country. If you have interested family/friends located far away, direct them here to click on their state/area and read about some of the merchants HERE!
Below is a very small sampling/example of some of the expenses we incur each school year. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds. As the times have grown more challenging, our choir budget from the district continues to get cut. We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.
Sample Budgetary Expenses-Mona Shores Choir
Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96
Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200
Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95
Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764
Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61
Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15
Pop Program Printing $1,170.30
Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350
Poster design-Allegros musical -$125
Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84
Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211
Truck Rental Gas to pick up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)
Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)
Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03
Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00
Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20
Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607
Wireless microphone rental, Fame $700
These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!
We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:
A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative)
A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)
Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold
(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)
NOTE: You can also order books for states/cities throughout the USA. So, if you want to sell a book to someone out of town that they can use in their area, you will just need to pick up an extra sheet from me!
Thanks for your support!
REMINDER-TONIGHT (THURSDAY)! You can buy tickets to Ms. Jessica’s album release show, in the choir office for $7 (a little savings, no online ticket processing fees Please bring your family to support independent music (anyone under 17 needs to have a parent or guardian, due to the venue serving alcohol). The album is the result of a year’s worth of planning, recording, gigging, and a lot of really talented people’s involvement (including the Jackson sisters :). The venue only holds 100-120 people, depending on set-up, so buy your tickets early if you know you want a seat. Hope to see you there!
REMINDER!! The “Getting To Know You” forms that were handed out on Friday (in Treble and Anchormen only) were due this past (Monday). Lost the form? Print one off by using the link below.